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Hey,
I was on Accutane a couple years ago and got completely clear. It was so, so great. It was the first time I'd ever been clear since I first developed acne in my early teens. But about a year after going off of it, the acne started to come back. Soon, I was back to where I started. I went back to my dermatologist a couple months ago and she started me on a second round. I'll be on it for five months -- same as the first time around. Now, I'm clear again. But I'm assuming that I'll go back to having acne again once I've been off of it awhile. But I'd rather be clear now and for a year or so afterward than to be broken out that whole time.
My dermatologist stresses to me that Accutane is not a CURE for acne. There is no cure for acne. Eventually, you have to go off Accutane and most peolpe will get acne again. The extent of the acne they get will vary. Also, the amount of time a person stays clear once they're off of it varies. Really, really lucky people are clear for years afterwards.
If it as up to me, I'd stay on Accutane permanently. Of course, they won't let me do that. I doubt my dermatologist would even let me do a third round so I guess I'll go back to Tetracycline or Retin-A or one of the dozens of other treatments I've done in the past and gotten limited success with. Ho hum. Isn't acne fun?
thanks sallyq. you're lucky you at least got a year out of it. I got about a month. has anyone else taken a 2nd course? i'd really appreciate any info or anecdotes. thanks.

[QUOTE=SallyQ]Hey,
I was on Accutane a couple years ago and got completely clear. It was so, so great. It was the first time I'd ever been clear since I first developed acne in my early teens. But about a year after going off of it, the acne started to come back. Soon, I was back to where I started. I went back to my dermatologist a couple months ago and she started me on a second round. I'll be on it for five months -- same as the first time around. Now, I'm clear again. But I'm assuming that I'll go back to having acne again once I've been off of it awhile. But I'd rather be clear now and for a year or so afterward than to be broken out that whole time.
My dermatologist stresses to me that Accutane is not a CURE for acne. There is no cure for acne. Eventually, you have to go off Accutane and most peolpe will get acne again. The extent of the acne they get will vary. Also, the amount of time a person stays clear once they're off of it varies. Really, really lucky people are clear for years afterwards.
If it as up to me, I'd stay on Accutane permanently. Of course, they won't let me do that. I doubt my dermatologist would even let me do a third round so I guess I'll go back to Tetracycline or Retin-A or one of the dozens of other treatments I've done in the past and gotten limited success with. Ho hum. Isn't acne fun?[/QUOTE]





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